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OF THE BIBLE
WILLIAM HENRY BURR
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GOD IS SATISFIED WITH HIS WORKS.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very
good. (Gen. 1:31.)
GOD IS DISSATISFIED WITH HIS WORKS.
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and
it grieved him at his heart. (Gen. 6:6.)
GOD DWELLS IN CHOSEN TEMPLES.
And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him: I have
heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for a house of
sacrifice For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my
name may be there forever; and mine eyes and my heart shall be there
perpetually. (2 Chron. 7:12, 16.)
GOD DWELLS NOT IN TEMPLES.
Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands. (Acts
GOD DWELLS IN LIGHT.
Dwelling in light which no man can approach unto. (1 Tim. 6:16.)
GOD DWELLS IN DARKNESS.
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The Lord said he would dwell in thick darkness. (1 Kings 8:12.)
He made darkness his secret place. (Ps. 18:11.)
Clouds and darkness are round about him. (Ps. 97:2.)
GOD IS SEEN AND HEARD.
And I will take away my hand, and thou shalt see my backparts. (Ex.
And the Lord spake to Moses face to face, as a man speaketh to his
friend. (Ex. 33:11.)
And the Lord called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid. (Gen. 3:9,
For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. (Gen. 32:30.)
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw, also, the Lord sitting upon a
throne, high and lifted up. (Is. 6:1.)
Then went up Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the
elders of Israel. And they saw the God of Israel They saw God, and
did eat and drink. (Ex. 24:9, 10, 11.)
GOD IS INVISIBLE AND CANNOT BE HEARD.
No man hath seen God at any time. (John 1:18.)
Ye hath neither heard his voice, at any time, nor seen his shape. (John
And he said, Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me
and live. (Ex. 33:20.)
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Whom no man hath seen nor can see. (1 Tim. 6:16.)
GOD IS TIRED AND RESTS.
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh
day he rested, and was refreshed. (Ex. 31:17.)
I am weary with repenting. (Jer. 15:6.)
GOD IS NEVER TIRED AND NEVER RESTS.
Hast thou not heard that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of
the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? (Is. 40:28.)
GOD IS EVERYWHERE PRESENT, SEES AND KNOWS ALL THINGS.
The eyes of the Lord are in every place. (Prov. 15:3.)
Whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou
art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the
wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
There is no darkness nor shadow of death, where the workers of
iniquity may hide themselves. For his eyes are upon the ways of man,
and he seeth all his goings. (Job 34:22, 21.)
GOD IS NOT EVERYWHERE PRESENT, NEITHER SEES NOR KNOWS
And the Lord came down to see the city and the town. (Gen. 11:5.)
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And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great,
and because their sin is very grievous, I will go down now
and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it,
which is come unto me; and, if not, I will know. (Gen. 18:20, 21.)
And Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord,
amongst the trees of the garden. (Gen. 3:8.)
GOD KNOWS THE HEARTS OF MEN.
Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men. (Acts 1:24.)
Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up-rising; thou
understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my
lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. (Ps. 139:2, 3.)
GOD TRIES MEN TO FIND OUT WHAT IS IN THEIR HEARTS.
The Lord, your God, provethyou, to know whether ye love the Lord,
your God, with all your heart and with all your soul. (Deut. 13:3.)
The Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to
humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thy heart. (Deut.
8 : 2 .)
For now I know that thou fearest God, seeing that thou hast not
withheld thy son, thine only son, from me. (Gen. 22:12.)
GOD IS ALL-POWERFUL.
Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard
for me? (Jer. 32:27.)
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With God all things are possible. (Matt. 19:26.)
GOD IS NOT ALL-POWERFUL.
And the Lord was with Judah, and he drave out the inhabitants of the
mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because
they had chariots of iron. (Judg. 1:19.)
GOD IS UNCHANGEABLE.
With whom is no variableness , neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17.)
For I am the Lord; I change not. (Mai. 3:6.)
I, the Lord, have spoken it; it shall come to pass, and I will do it. I will
not go back, neither will I spare, neither will I repent. (Ezek. 24:14.)
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he
should repent. (Num. 23:19.)
GOD IS CHANGEABLE.
And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it
grieved him at his heart. (Gen. 6:6.)
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and
God repented of the evil that he had said he would do unto them, and
he did it not. (Jonah 3:10.)
Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said, indeed, that thy house,
and the house of thy father, should walk before me forever; but now
the Lord saith, Be it far from me Behold, the days come that I
will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house. (1 Sam. 2:30,
In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah,
the son of Amoz, came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the
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Lord, set thy house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live And it
came to pass afore Isaiah was gone out into the middle court, that the
word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Turn again and tell Hezekiah,
the captain of my people, thus saith the Lord, I have heard thy
prayer, . . . and I will add unto thy days, fifteen years. (2 Kings 20:1, 4,
And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart and go up hence, thou and the
people For I will not go up in the midst of thee And the Lord
said, I will do this thing, also, that thou hast spoken My presence
shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. (Ex. 33:1, 3, 17, 14.)
GOD IS JUST AND IMPARTIAL.
The Lord is upright, . . . and there is no unrighteousness in him. (Ps.
Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right? (Gen. 18:25.)
A God of truth, and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deut. 32:4.)
There is no respect of persons with God. (Rom. 2:11.)
Ye say the way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, 0 house of Israel; is
not my way equal? (Ezek. 18:25.)
GOD IS UNJUST AND PARTIAL.
Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
For I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of
the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. (Ex.
For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or
evil, that the purpose of God, according to election, might stand, ... it
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was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. As it is written,
Jacob have I loved, and Esau have I hated. (Rom. 9:11, 12, 13.)
For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more
abundance; but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken
away even that he hath. (Matt. 13:12.)
GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF EVIL.
Out of the mouth of the Most High proceedeth not evil and good? (Lam.
Thus saith the Lord, Behold I frame evil against you and devise a
device against you. (Jer. 18:11.)
I make peace and create evil. I the Lord do all these things. (Is. 45:7.)
Shall there be evil in the city, and the Lord hath not done it? (Amos
Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments
that they should not live. (Ezek. 20:25.)
GOD IS NOT THE AUTHOR OF EVIL.
God is not the author of confusion. (1 Cor. 14:33.)
A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. (Deut. 32:4.)
For God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man.
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GOD GIVES FREELY TO THOSE WHO ASK.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, thatgiveth to all men
freely and upbraideth not, and it shall be given unto him. (James 1:5.)
For every one that asketh receiveth and he that seeketh findeth. (Luke
11 : 10 .)
GOD WITHHOLDS HIS BLESSINGS AND PREVENTS MEN FROM
He hath blinded their eyes and hardened their heart that they should not
see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted,
and I should heal them. (John 12:40.)
For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come
against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that
they might have no favor. (Josh. 11:20.)
0 Lord, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways and hardened our
heart? (Is. 63:17.)
GOD IS TO BE FOUND BY THOSE WHO SEEK HIM.
Everyone that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh fmdeth. (Matt.
Those that seek me early shall find me. (Prov. 8:17.)
GOD IS NOT TO BE FOUND BY THOSE WHO SEEK HIM.
Then shall they call upon me but I will not answer; they shall seek me
early but shall not find me. (Prov. 1:28.)
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GOD IS WARLIKE.
The Lord is a man of war. (Ex. 15:3.)
The Lord of Hosts is his name. (Is. 51:15.)
GOD IS PEACEFUL
The God of peace. (Rom. 15:33.)
God is not the author of confusion but of peace. (1 Cor. 14:33.)
GOD IS CRUEL, UNMERCIFUL, DESTRUCTIVE, AND FEROCIOUS.
I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy. (Jer. 13:14.)
And thou shalt consume all the people which the Lord thy God shall
deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them. (Deut. 7:16.)
Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and
spare them not, but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling. (1
Sam. 15:2, 3.)
Because they had looked into the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the
people fifty thousand, and three score and ten men. (1 Sam. 6:19.)
The Lord thy God is a consuming fire. (Deut. 4:24.)
GOD IS KIND, MERCIFUL, AND GOOD.
The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy. (James 5:11.)
For he doth not afflict willingly, nor grieve the children of men. (Lam.
For his mercy endureth forever. (1 Chron. 16:34.)
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I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God.
The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of
the truth. (1 Tim. 2:4.)
God is love. (1 John 4:16.)
Good and upright is the Lord. (Ps. 25:8.)
GOD'S ANGER IS FIERCE AND ENDURES LONG.
And the Lord's anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them
wander in the wilderness forty years until all the generation that had
done evil in the sight of the Lord was consumed. (Num. 32:13.)
And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people and
hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of
the Lord may be turned away from Israel. (Num. 25:4.)
For I have kindled a fire in mine anger which shall burn forever. (Jer.
GOD'S ANGER IS SLOW AND ENDURES BUT FOR A MOMENT.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in
mercy. (Ps. 103:8.)
His anger endureth but a moment. (Ps. 30:5.)
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GOD COMMANDS, APPROVES OF AND DELIGHTS IN BURNT
OFFERINGS, SACRIFICES, AND HOLY DAYS.
Thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement.
On the tenth day of this seventh month, there shall be a day of
atonement; it shall be a holy convocation unto you, and ye shall afflict
your souls and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord. (Lev.
And thou shalt burn the whole ram upon the altar; . . . it is a sweet
savor; an offering made by fire unto the Lord. (Ex. 29:18.)
And the priest shall burn it all on the altar to be a burnt sacrifice, an
offering made by fire, of a sweet savor unto the Lord. (Lev. 1:9.)
GOD DISAPPROVES OF, AND HAS NO PLEASURE IN BURNT
OFFERINGS, SACRIFICES, AND HOLY DAYS.
For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that
I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning
burnt offerings or sacrifices. (Jer. 7:22.)
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto
me. (Jer. 6:20.)
Will I eat of the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer unto
God thanksgiving, and pay thy vows unto the Most high. (Ps. 50:13, 14.)
Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me;
the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies I cannot away
with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting To what purpose is the
multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord. I am full of the
burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts, and I delight not in
the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to
appear before me, who hath required this at your hand. (Is. 1:13, 11,
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GOD ACCEPTS HUMAN SACRIFICES.
The king [David] took the two sons of Rizpah, . . . and the five sons of
Michal; . . . and he delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and
they hanged them in the hill before the Lord And after that God was
entreated for the land. (2 Sam. 21:8, 9, 14.]
And he [God] said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou
lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah, and offer him there for
a burnt offering . [Gen. 22:2.]
And Jephthah vowed a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou shalt
without fail deliver the children of Ammon into my hands, then it shall
be, that whosoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me
when I return in peace from the children of Ammon, shall surely be the
Lord's, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering. So Jephthah passed
over unto the children of Ammon to fight against them; and the Lord
delivered them into his hands And Jephthah came to Mizpeh unto
his house and behold, his daughter came out to meet him And he
sent her away for two months; and she went with her companions and
bewailed her virginity upon the mountains. And it came to pass at the
end of two months that she returned unto her father, who did
according to his vow which he had made. (Judg. 11:30, 31, 32, 34, 38,
GOD FORBIDS HUMAN SACRIFICE.
Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them [the
Gentile nations]; ... for every abomination to the Lord which he hateth
have they done unto their gods; for even their sonsand
their daughters have they burnt in the fire to their gods. [Deut. 12:30,
GOD TEMPTS MEN.
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And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham.
And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel and he
moved David against them to say, Go number Israel and Judah. (2 Sam.
0 Lord, thou has deceived [marginal reading, enticed] me, and I was
deceived [enticed]. (Jer. 20:7.]
Lead us not into temptation. (Matt. 6:13.]
GOD TEMPTS NO MAN.
Let no may say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God
cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. (James
GOD CANNOT LIE.
It is impossible for God to lie. (Heb. 6:18.]
GOD LIES BY PROXY; HE SENDS FORTH LYING SPIRITS TO DECEIVE.
For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should
believe a lie. (2 Thes. 2:11.]
Now, therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of
all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.
(1 Kings 22:23.]
And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the
Lord have deceived that prophet. (Ezek. 14:9].
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BECAUSE OF MAN'S WICKEDNESS GOD DESTROYS HIM.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually And the Lord said, I will destroyman whom I have
created. (Gen. 6:5, 7.)
BECAUSE OF MAN'S WICKEDNESS GOD WILL NOT DESTROY HIM.
And the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any
more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his
youth; neither will I smite any more every living thing. (Gen. 8:21.)
GOD'S ATTRIBUTES ARE REVEALED IN HIS WORKS.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal
power and Godhead. (Rom. 1:20.)
GOD'S ATTRIBUTES CANNOT BE DISCOVERED.
Canst thou by searching/znd out God? (Job 11:7.)
There is no searching his understanding. (Is. 40:28.)
THERE IS BUT ONE GOD.
The Lord our God is one Lord. (Deut. 6:4.)
THERE IS A PLURALITY OF GODS.
And God said, Let us make man in our image. (Gen. 1:26.)
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And the Lord God said, Behold the man is become as one of us. (Gen.
And the Lord appeared unto him [Abraham] in the plains of Mature
And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him;
and when he saw them he ran to meet them from the tent door, and
bowed himself toward the ground, and said, My Lord, if now I have
found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant.
(Gen. 18:1, 2, 3.)
For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word,
and the Holy Ghost. (1 John 5:7).
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When ye go, ye shall not go empty; but every woman shall borrow of
her neighbor, and of her that sojourneth in her house, jewels of silver,
and jewels of gold, and raiment; and ye shall put them upon your sons,
and upon your daughters; and ye shall spoil the Egyptians. (Ex. 3:21,
And they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold,
and raiment And they spoiled the Egyptians. (Ex. 12:35, 36).
Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbor, neither rob him. (Lev. 19:13.)
Thou shalt not steal. (Ex. 20:15.)
LYING APPROVED AND SANCTIONED.
And the woman [Rahab] took the two men and hid them and said thus:
There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were; and it
came to pass about the time of shutting of the gate, when it was
dark that the men went out; whither the men went I wot not; pursue
after them quickly, for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought
them up to the roof of the house and hid them with the stalks of flax.
(Josh. 2:4, 5, 6.)
Was not Rahab, the harlot, justified by works, when she had received
the messengers, and had sent them out another way? (James 2:25.)
And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them,
Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men-children alive?
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And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are
not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the
midwives come in unto them. Therefore God dealt well with the
midwives. (Ex. 1:18-20.)
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I
will persuade him I will go forth and be a lying spirit in the mouth
of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him and prevail
also; go forth and do so. (1 Kings 22:21, 22.)
Thou shalt not bear false witness. (Ex. 20:16.)
Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. (Prov. 12:22.)
All liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and
brimstone. (Rev. 21:8.)
HATRED TO THE EDOMITE SANCTIONED.
He [Amaziah] slew of Edom, in the valley of Salt, ten thousand . . . And
he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. (2 Kings 14:7, 3.)
HATRED TO THE EDOMITE FORBIDDEN.
Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite, for he is thy brother. (Deut. 23:7.)
Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side,
and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay
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every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man
his neighbor. (Ex. 32:27.)
Thou shalt not kill. (Ex. 20:13.)
THE BLOOD-SHEDDER MUST DIE.
At the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. (Gen.
THE BLOOD-SHEDDER MUST NOT DIE.
And the Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him
should kz7/him. (Gen. 4:15.)
THE MAKING OF IMAGES FORBIDDEN.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or
any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth
beneath. (Ex. 20:4.)
THE MAKING OF IMAGES COMMANDED.
Thou shalt make two cherubims of gold And the cherubims shall
stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their
wings, and their faces shall look to one another. (Ex. 25:18, 20.)
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SLAVERY AND OPPRESSION ORDAINED.
Cursed by Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
Of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them
shall ye buy They shall be your bondmen forever; but over your
brethren of the children of Israel, ye shall not rule with rigor. (Lev.
I will sell your sons and daughters into the hands of the children of
Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people afar off; for
the Lord hath spoken it. (Joel 3:8.)
SLAVERY AND OPPRESSION FORBIDDEN.
Undo the heavy burdens ... let the oppressed go free, . . . break every
yoke. (Is. 58:6.)
Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him. (Ex. 22:21.)
He that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he
shall surely be put to death. (Ex. 21:16.)
Neither be ye called masters. (Matt. 23:10.)
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do
they spin If God so clothe the grass of the field . . . shall he not much
more clothe you? . . . Therefore, take no thought, saying, what shall
we eat? or What shall we drink? or Wherewithal shall we be clothed? . .
. Take no thought for the morrow. (Matt. 6:28, 31, 34.)
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Give to every man that asketh of thee, and of him that taketh away thy
goods, ask them not again And lend, hoping for nothing again, and
your reward shall be great. (Luke 6:30, 35.)
Sell that ye have and give alms. (Luke 12:3.)
But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own
house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. (1 Tim.
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his childrens' children. (Prov.
Be ye angry and sin not. (Eph. 4:26.)
Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of
fools. (Eccl. 7:9.)
Make no friendship with an angry man. (Prov. 22:24.)
The wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (James 1:20.)
GOOD WORKS TO BE SEEN OF MEN.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works.
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GOOD WORKS NOT TO BE SEEN OF MEN.
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them.
JUDGING OF OTHERS FORBIDDEN.
Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye
shall be judged. (Matt. 7:1, 2.)
JUDGING OF OTHERS APPROVED.
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world
shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that
pertain to this life? If, then, ye have judgments of things pertaining to
this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. (1 Cor.
Do notye judge them that are within? (1 Cor. 5:12.)
CHRIST TAUGHT NONRESISTANCE.
Resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn
to him the other also. (Matt. 5:39.)
All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. (Matt. 26:52.)
CHRIST TAUGHT AND PRACTICED PHYSICAL RESISTANCE.
He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one. (Luke
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And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out
of the temple. (John 2:15.)
CHRIST WARNED HIS FOLLOWERS NOT TO FEAR BEING KILLED.
Be not afraid of them that kill the body. (Luke 12:4.)
CHRIST HIMSELF AVOIDED THE JEWS FOR FEAR OF BEING KILLED.
After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for he would not walk in
Jewry, because the Jews sought to kz7/him. (John 7:1.)
PUBLIC PRAYER SANCTIONED.
And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all
the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven.
[Then follows the prayer.] And it was so, that when Solomon had made
an end of praying all this prayer and supplication unto the Lord, he
arose from before the altar of the Lord, from kneeling on his knees,
with his hands spread up to heaven And the Lord said unto him, I
have heard thy prayer and thy supplication that thou hast made before
me. (1 Kings 8:22, 54; & 9:3.)
PUBLIC PRAYER DISAPPROVED.
When thou prayest thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they
love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the
streets, that they may be seen of men But thou, when thou prayest,
enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy
Father which is in secret. (Matt. 6:5, 6.)
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IMPORTUNITY IN PRAYER COMMENDED.
Because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by
her continual coming she weary me And shall not God avenge his
own elect, which cry day and night unto him? (Luke 18:5, 7.)
Because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he
needeth. (Luke 11:8.)
IMPORTUNITY IN PRAYER CONDEMNED.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do; for they
think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be ye not
therefore like unto them; for your Father knoweth what things ye have
need of before ye ask him. (Matt. 6:7, 8.)
THE WEARING OF LONG HAIR BY MEN SANCTIONED.
And no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a Nazarite
unto God from the womb. (Judg. 13:5.)
All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come
upon his head; until the days be fulfilled in the which he separateth
himself unto the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let th elocks of the
hair of his head grow. (Num. 6:5.)
THE WEARING OF LONG HAIR BY MEN CONDEMNED.
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that if a man have long hair, it is
a shame unto him? (1 Cor. 11:14.)
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This is my covenant which ye shall keep between me and you and thy
seed after thee: Every man and child among you shall be circumcised.
Behold, I Paul, say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit
you nothing. (Gal. 5:2.)
THE SABBATH INSTITUTED.
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. (Ex. 20:8.)
THE SABBATH REPUDIATED.
The new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away
with; it is iniquity. (Is. 1:13.)
One man esteemeth one day above another; another esteemeth every
day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. (Rom.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat and drink, or in respect of
a holy day, or of the new moon; or of the sabbath days. (Col. 2:16.)
THE SABBATH INSTITUTED BECAUSE GOD RESTED ON THE
For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in
them is, and rested on the seventh day; wherefore the Lord blessed the
Sabbath day and hallowed it. (Ex. 20:11.)
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THE SABBATH INSTITUTED BECAUSE GOD BROUGHT THE
ISRAELITES OUT OF EGYPT.
And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that
the Lord thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and a
stretched out arm; therefore the Lord thy God commanded thee to keep
the Sabbath day. (Deut. 5:15.)
NO WORK TO BE DONE ON THE SABBATH UNDER PENALTY OF
Whosoever doeth any work on the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put
to death. (Ex. 31:15.)
And they found a man that gathered sticks upon the Sabbath day
And all the congregation brought him without the camp
and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses.
(Num. 15:32, 36.)
JESUS CHRIST BROKE THE SABBATH AND JUSTIFIED HIS
DISCIPLES IN THE SAME.
Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him,
because he had done these things on the Sabbath day. (John 5:16.)
At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and his
disciples were a hungered, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to
eat. But when the Pharisees saw it they said unto him, Behold, thy
disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day. But he
said unto them, Have ye not read in the law, how that on the
Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and
are blameless? (Matt. 12:1, 2, 3, 5.)
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Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matt. 28:19.)
BAPTISM NOT COMMANDED.
For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel I thank
God that I baptized none of you but Crispus and Gaius. (1 Cor. 1:17, 14.)
EVERY KIND OF ANIMAL ALLOWED FOR FOOD.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you. (Gen. 9:3.)
Whatsoever is sold in the shambles that eat. (1 Cor. 10:25.)
There is nothing unclean of itself. (Rom. 14:14.)
CERTAIN KINDS OF ANIMALS PROHIBITED FOR FOOD.
Nevertheless, these shall ye not eat, of them that chew the cud or of
them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel and the hare, and
the coney; for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore,
they are unclean unto you. And the swine, because it divideth the hoof,
yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you; ye shall not eat of their
flesh, nor touch their dead carcass. (Deut. 14:7, 8.)
THE TAKING OF OATHS SANCTIONED.
If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul
with a bond, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all
that proceedeth out of his mouth. (Num. 30:2.)
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Now, therefore, swear unto me here by God And Abraham said, I
will swear Therefore, he called the place Beersheba [the well of the
oath]; because there they sware both of them. [Gen. 21:23, 24, 31.]
And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac. [Gen. 31:53.]
Because he [God] could swear by no greater, he sware by himself.
THE TAKING OF OATHS FORBIDDEN.
But I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by heaven for it is God's
throne; nor by the earth for it is his footstool. [Matt. 5:34.]
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone: I
will make a help-meet for him. [Gen. 2:18.]
And God said unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the
earth. [Gen. 1:28.]
For this cause shall a man leave father and mother and shall cleave
unto his wife. [Matt. 19:5.]
Marriage is honorable in all. [Heb. 13:4.]
It is good for a man not to touch a woman. [1 Cor. 7:1.]
For I [Paul] would that all men were even as I myself. ... It is good for
them if they abide even as /. [1 Cor. 7:7, 8.]
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FREEDOM OF DIVORCE PERMITTED.
When a man hath taken a wife and married her, and it come to pass
that she found no favor in his eyes, . . . then let him write her a bill
of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send herout of his house.
When thou goest out to war against thine enemies, and the Lord thy
God hath delivered them into thy hands, and thou hast taken them
captive, and seest among the captives a beautiful woman and hast a
desire unto her, then thou shalt take her home to thy house; . . . and
after that thou shalt go in unto her and be her husband, and she shall
be thy wife And if thou ha veno delight in her, then thou shalt let her
go whither she will; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money; thou
shalt not make merchandise of her. (Deut. 21:10, 11, 14.)
But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for
the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery. (Matt. 5:32.)
Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Ex. 20:14.)
Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. (Heb. 13:4.)
But all the women children that have not known a man by lying with
him, keep alive for yourselves. (Num. 31:18.)
And the Lord said unto Hosea, Go, take thee a wife of whoredoms
Then said the Lord to me [Hosea], Go, yet, love a woman, beloved of
her friend, yet an adulteress So \bought her; . . . and said unto her,
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Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and
thou shalt not be for another man; so will I also be for thee. (Hos. 1:2,
& 2 : 1 , 2 , 30
MARRIAGE OR COHABITATION WITH A SISTER DENOUNCED.
Cursed is he that lieth with his sister, the daughter of his father. (Deut.
And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's
daughter, ... it is a wicked thing. (Lev. 20:17.)
ABRAHAM MARRIED HIS SISTER AND GOD BLESSED THE UNION.
And Abraham said, . . . She is my sister; she is the daughter of
my father, but not the daughter of my mother. (Gen. 20:11, 12.)
And God said unto Abraham, as for Sarah thy wife, ... I will bless her,
and give thee a son also of her. (Gen. 17:16.)
A MAN MAY MARRY HIS BROTHER'S WIDOW.
If brethren dwell together, and one of them die and have no child, the
wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger;
her husband's brother shall come in unto her bed and take her to wife.
A MAN MAY NOT MARRY HIS BROTHER'S WIDOW.
If a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing, . . . they shall
be childless. (Lev. 20:21.)
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HATRED TO KINDRED ENJOINED.
If any man come unto me, and hate not his father, and mother,
and wife, and children, and brother, and sisters, yea, and his own life
also, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26.)
HATRED TO KINDRED CONDEMNED.
Honor thy father and mother. (Eph. 6:2.)
Husbands love your wives For no man ever yet hated his own flesh.
(Eph. 5:25, 29.)
Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer. (1 John 3:15.)
INTOXICATING BEVERAGES RECOMMENDED.
Give strong drink to him that is ready to perish, and wine to those that
be of heavy hearts. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and
remember his misery no more. (Prov. 31:6, 7.)
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake, and
thine often infirmities. (1 Tim. 5:23.)
Wine maketh glad the heart of man. (Ps. 104:15.)
INTOXICATING BEVERAGES DISCOUNTENANCED.
Wine is a mocker, strong drink is a raging, and whosoever is deceived
thereby is not wise. (Prov. 20:1.)
Look not thou upon the wine when it is red; when it giveth his color in
the cup At the last it biteth like a serpent and sting eth like an adder.
(Prov. 23:31, 32.)
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IT IS OUR DUTY TO OBEY OUR RULERS, WHO ARE GOD'S MINISTERS
AND PUNISH EVIL DOERS ONLY.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power
but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever,
therefore, resisteth the power, resisteth th eordinance of God; and they
that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a
terror to good works, but to evil For this cause pay ye tribute; for
they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.
(Rom. 13:1, 2, 3, 6.)
The Scribes and Pharisees sit in Moses' seat; all, therefore, whatsoever
they bid you observe, that observe and do. (Matt. 23:2, 3.)
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake;
whether it be to the king as supreme, or unto the governors as unto
them that are sent of him for the punishment of evil doers. (1 Pet. 2:13,
I counsel thee to keep the king's commandment Whoso keepeth the
commandment shall feel no evil thing. (Eccl. 8:2, 5.)
IT IS NOT OUR DUTY ALWAYS TO OBEY RULERS,
WHO SOMETIMES PUNISH THE GOOD, AND RECEIVE UNTO
THEMSELVES DAMNATION THEREFOR.
But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of
Egypt commanded them Therefore God dealt well with the
midwives. (Ex. 1:17, 20.)
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said Be it known
unto thee, 0 king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the
golden image which thou hast set up. (Dan. 3:16, 18.)
Therefore, king Darius signed the writing and the decree (that
whosoever shall ask a petition of any God for thirty days ... he shall be
cast into the den of lions) Now, when Daniel knew that the writing
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was signed, he went into his house and . . . kneeled upon his knees
three times a day and prayed ... as he did aforetime. (Dan. 6:9, 7, 10.)
And the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against his
Christ. For of a truth, against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou has
anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the
people of Israel, were gathered together. (Acts 4:26, 27.)
Beware of the Scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love
salutations in the market places, and the chief seats in the synagogues. .
. . These shall receive greater damnation. (Mark 12:38, 39, 40.)
And Herod with his men of war set him at naught, and mocked him,
and arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again to Pilate
And Pilate gave sentence And when they were come to the place
which is called Calvary, there they crucified him And the people
stood by beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him. (Luke
WOMEN'S RIGHTS DENIED.
And thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but
to be in silence. (1 Tim. 2:12.)
They are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. (1
Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord. (1 Pet. 3:6.)
WOMEN'S RIGHTS AFFIRMED.
And Deborah, a prophetess, . . .judged Israel at that time And
Deborah said unto Barak, Up, for this is the day in which the Lord hath
delivered Sisera into thy hand And the Lord discomfited Sisera, and
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all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before
Barak. (Judg. 4:4, 14, 15.)
The inhabitants of the villages ceased; they ceased in Israel, until
I, Deborah , arose ; a mother in Israel. (Judg. 5:7.)
And on my hand-maidens I will pour out in those days my spirit, and
they shall prophesy. (Acts 2:18.)
And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.
OBEDIENCE TO MASTERS ENJOINED.
Servants, obey in all things your masters after the flesh And
whatsoever ye do, do it as heartily as to the Lerd. (Col. 3:22, 23.)
Be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle,
but also, to the forward. (1 Pet. 2:18.)
OBEDIENCE DUE TO GOD ONLY.
Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Be not ye the servants of men. (1 Cor. 7:23.)
Neither be ye called masters; for one is your master, even Christ. (Matt.
THERE IS AN UNPARDONABLE SIN.
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He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness.
THERE IS NO UNPARDONABLE SIN.
And by him all that believe are justified from all things. (Acts 13:39.)
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MAN WAS CREATED AFTER THE OTHER ANIMALS.
And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and the cattle after
their kind And God said, Let us make man So God created
man in his own image. (Gen. 1:25, 26, 27.)
MAN WAS CREATED BEFORE THE OTHER ANIMALS.
And the Lord God said it is not good that man should be alone; I will
make a help-meet for him. And out of the ground the Lord God
formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought
them unto Adam to see what he would call them. (Gen. 2:18, 19.)
SEED TIME AND HARVEST WERE NEVER TO CEASE.
While the earth remaineth, seed time and harvest . . . shall not cease.
SEED TIME AND HARVEST DID CEASE FOR SEVEN YEARS.
And the seven years of dearth began to come And the famine was
over all the face of the earth. (Gen. 41:54, 56.)
For these two years hath famine been in the land; and yet there are five
years in which there shall neither be earing [archaic term for
"plowing" — JBH] nor harvest. (Gen. 45:6.)
GOD HARDENED PHARAOH'S HEART.
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But / will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go. (Ex.
And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh. (Ex. 9:12.)
PHARAOH HARDENED HIS OWN HEART.
But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart,
and hearkened not unto them. (Ex. 8:15.)
ALL THE CATTLE AND HORSES IN EGYPT DIED.
Behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field,
upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and
upon the sheep And all the cattle of Egypt died. (Ex. 9:3, 6.)
ALL THE HORSES OF EGYPT DID NOT DIE.
But the Egyptians pursued after them (all the horses and chariots
of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army) and overtook them
encamping by the sea. (Ex. 14:9.)
MOSES FEARED PHARAOH.
And Moses/eared, and said, Surely this thing is known. Now, when
Pharaoh heard this thing, he sought to slay Moses. But Moses fled
before the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian And it
came to pass, in process of time, that the king of Egypt died And the
Lord said unto Moses, in Midian, Go, return unto Egypt; for all the men
are dead which soughtthy life. (Ex. 2:14, 15, 23; &4:19.)
MOSES DID NOT FEAR PHARAOH.
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By faith he [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king.
THERE DIED OF THE PLAGUE TWENTY-FOUR THOUSAND.
And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
THERE DIED OF THE PLAGUE BUT TWENTY-THREE THOUSAND.
And fell in one day three and twenty thousand. [1 Cor. 10:8.]
JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS ELIAS.
This is Elias which was to come. [Matt. 11:14.]
JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS NOT ELIAS.
And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? and he said I am not.
THE FATHER OF JOSEPH, MARY'S HUSBAND, WAS JACOB.
And Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus.
THE FATHER OF MARY'S HUSBAND WAS HELI.
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Being the son of Joseph which was the son ofHeli. (Luke 3:23.)
THE FATHER OF SALAH WAS ARPHAXAD.
And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years and begat Salah. (Gen. 11:12.)
THE FATHER OF SALAH WAS CAINAN.
Which was the son of Sala, which was the son of Cainan, which was the
son of Arphaxad. (Luke 3:35, 36.)
THERE WERE FOURTEEN GENERATIONS FROM ABRAHAM TO DAVID.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen
generations. (Matt. 1:17.)
THERE WERE BUT THIRTEEN GENERATIONS FROM ABRAHAM TO
Abraham begat Isaac . . . Jacob . . . Judas . . . Phares . . . Esrom . . . Aram . .
. Aminaldab . . . Naason . . . Salmon . . . Booz . . . Obed . . . Jesse . . . David ..
, (Matt. 1:2, 3,4, 5, 6.)
THERE WERE FOURTEEN GENERATIONS FROM THE BABYLONISH
CAPTIVITY TO CHRIST.
And from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen
generations. (Matt. 1:17.)
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THERE WERE BUT THIRTEEN GENERATIONS FROM THE
BABYLONISH CAPTIVITY TO CHRIST.
And after they were brought to Babylon Jechonias begat Salathiel . . .
Zorobabel . . . Abiud . . . Eliakim . . . Azor . . . Sadoc . . . Achim . . . Eliud . . .
Eleazar . . . Matthan . . . Jacob . . . Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom
was born Jesus . [Matt. 1:12, 13, 14, 15, 16.]
THE INFANT CHRIST WAS TAKEN INTO EGYPT.
When he arose he took the young child and his mother by night and
departed into Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod But
when Herod was dead, ... he took the young child and his mother and
came . . . and dwelt in a city called Nazareth. [Matt. 2:14, 15, 19, 21,
THE INFANT CHRIST WAS NOT TAKEN INTO EGYPT.
And when the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses,
were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to
the Lord And when they had performed all things, according to the
law of the Lord they returned ... to their own city, Nazareth. [Luke
CHRIST WAS TEMPTED IN THE WILDERNESS.
And immediately [after Christ's baptism] the spirit driveth him into the
wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days tempted of
Satan. [Mark 1:12, 13.]
CHRIST WAS NOT TEMPTED IN THE WILDERNESS.
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And the third day [after Christ's baptism] there was a marriage in Cana
of Galilee Both Jesus was called and his disciples to the marriage.
[John 2:1, 2.]
CHRIST PREACHED HIS FIRST SERMON ON THE MOUNT.
And seeing the multitude he went up into a mountain, and when he
was set his disciples came unto him. And
he opened his mouth and taught them, saying. [Matt. 5:1, 2.]
CHRIST PREACHED HIS FIRST SERMON IN THE PLAIN.
And he came down with them and stood in the plain; and the company
of his disciples, and a great multitude of people . . . came to hear him. . .
. And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples and said. [Luke 6:17, 20.]
JOHN WAS IN PRISON WHEN JESUS WENT INTO GALILEE.
Now, after that John was put in prison Jesus came into Galilee preaching
the gospel of the kingdom of God. [Mark 1:14.]
JOHN WAS NOT IN PRISON WHEN JESUS WENT INTO GALILEE.
The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee. [John 1:43.]
And after these things came Jesus with his disciples into the land of
Judea And John was baptizing in Enon For John was NOT
YET cast into prison. [John 3:22, 23, 24.]
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CHRIST'S DISCIPLES WERE COMMANDED TO GO FORTH WITH A
STAFF AND SANDALS.
And commanded them that they should take nothing for their journey,
save a staff only; no scrip, no bread, no money in their purse; but be
shod with sandals. (Mark 6:8, 9.)
CHRIST'S DISCIPLES WERE COMMANDED TO GO FORTH
WITH NEITHER STAVES NOR SANDALS.
Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses; nor scrip for
your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves. (Matt.
A WOMAN OF CANAAN BESOUGHT JESUS.
And behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried
unto him, Have mercy on me, 0 Lord, thou son of David; my daughter
is grievously vexed with a devil. (Matt. 15:22.)
IT WAS A GREEK WOMAN WHO BESOUGHT HIM.
The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation, and she besought
him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter. (Mark 7:26.)
TWO BLIND MEN BESOUGHT JESUS.
And behold, two blind men sitting by the way-side, when they heard
that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, 0 Lord thou
son of David. (Matt. 20:30.)
ONLY ONE BLIND MAN BESOUGHT HIM.
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A certain blind man sat by the way-side begging And he cried,
saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. (Luke 18:35, 38.]
CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED AT THE THIRD HOUR.
And it was the third hour and they crucified him. (Mark 15:25.]
CHRIST WAS NOT CRUCIFIED UNTIL THE SIXTH HOUR.
And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth
hour; and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your king Shall I crucify
your king? (John 19:14, 15.]
THE TWO THIEVES REVILED CHRIST.
The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his
teeth. (Matt. 27:44.]
And they that were crucified reviled him. (Mark 15:32.]
ONLY ONE OF THE THIEVES REVILED CHRIST.
And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him But
the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost thou not fear God,
seeing thou art in the same condemnation? (Luke 23:39, 40.]
SATAN ENTERED INTO JUDAS WHILE AT THE SUPPER.
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And after the sop Satan entered into him. (John 13:27.]
SATAN ENTERED INTO HIM BEFORE THE SUPPER.
Then entered Satan into Judas, . . . and he went his way and communed
with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray him. . .
. Then came the day of unleavened bread when th epassover must be
killed. (Luke 22:3, 4, 7.]
JUDAS COMMITTED SUICIDE BY HANGING.
And he cast down the pieces of silver into the temple, and departed,
and went out and hanged himself. (Matt. 27:5.]
JUDAS DID NOT HANG HIMSELF, BUT DIED ANOTHER WAY.
And falling headlong he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels
gushed out. (Acts 1:18.]
THE POTTER'S FIELD WAS PURCHASED BY JUDAS.
Now, this man purchased afield with the reward of iniquity. (Acts
THE POTTER'S FIELD WAS PURCHASED BY THE CHIEF PRIESTS.
And the chief priests took the silver pieces , . . . and bought with them
the potter's field. (Matt. 27:6, 7.]
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THERE WAS BUT ONE WOMAN WHO CAME TO THE SEPULCHRE.
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene, early, when it was
yet dark, unto the sepulchre. (John 20:1.)
THERE WERE TWO WOMEN WHO CAME TO THE SEPULCHRE.
In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn towards the first day of
the week, came Mary Magdalene, and the OTHER MARY to the
sepulchre. (Matt. 28:1.)
THERE WERE THREE WOMEN WHO CAME TO THE SEPULCHRE.
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of
James, and Salome, had brought sweet spices, that that they might
come and anoint him. (Mark 16:1.)
THERE WERE MORE THAN THREE WOMEN WHO CAME TO THE
It was Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James, and OTHER
WOMEN that were with them. (Luke 24:10.)
IT WAS AT SUNRISE WHEN THEY CAME TO THE SEPULCHRE.
And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came
unto the sepulchre, at the rising of the sun. (Mark: 16: 2.)
IT WAS SOME TIME BEFORE SUNRISE WHEN THEY CAME.
The first day of the week, cometh Mary Magdalene, early, while it was
yet dark, unto the sepulchre. (John 20:1.)
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THERE WERE TWO ANGELS SEEN BY THE WOMEN AT THE
SEPULCHRE, AND THEY WERE STANDING UP.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout,
behold, two men stood by him in shining garments. (Luke 24:4.)
THERE WAS BUT ONE ANGEL SEEN, AND HE WAS SITTING DOWN.
For the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled
back the stone from the door, and sat upon it And the
angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not. (Matt. 28:2, 5.)
THERE WERE TWO ANGELS SEEN WITHIN THE SEPULCHRE.
And as she wept she stooped down and looked into the sepulchre, and
seeth two angels in white. (John 20:11, 12.)
THERE WAS BUT ONE ANGEL SEEN WITHIN THE SEPULCHRE.
And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the
right side, clothed in a long white garment. (Mark 16:5.)
CHRIST WAS TO BE THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE GRAVE.
So shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of
the earth. (Matt. 12:40.)
CHRIST WAS BUT TWO DAYS AND TWO NIGHTS IN THE GRAVE.
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And it was the third hour, and they crucified him It was the
preparation, that is, the day before the Sabbath And Pilate. . . gave
the body to Joseph. And he . . . laid him in a sepulchre Now, when
Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to
Mary Magdalene. (Mark 15:25, 42, 44, 45, 46; & 16:9.)
THE HOLY GHOST BESTOWED AT PENTECOST.
But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.
. . . Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (Acts
And when the day of Pentecost was fully come they were all of one
accord in one place And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost.
(Acts 2:1, 4.)
THE HOLY GHOST BESTOWED BEFORE PENTECOST.
And when he had said this he breathed on them, and said unto
them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost. (John 20:22.)
THE DISCIPLES WERE COMMANDED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE
RESURRECTION TO GO INTO GALILEE.
Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid; go tell my brethren that
they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me. (Matt. 28:10.)
THE DISCIPLES WERE COMMANDED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE
RESURRECTION TO TARRY AT JERUSALEM.
But tarry ye in Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.
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JESUS FIRST APPEARED TO THE ELEVEN DISCIPLES IN A ROOM AT
And they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found
the eleven gathered together And as they spake, Jesus himself stood
up in the midst of them But they were terrified and affrighted, and
supposed that they had seen a spirit. (Luke 24:33, 36, 37.)
The same day, at evening, being the first day of the week, when
the doors were shut, where the disciples were assembled, . . . came Jesus
and stood in the midst. (John 20:19.)
JESUS FIRST APPEARED TO THE ELEVEN ON
A MOUNTAIN IN GALILEE.
Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, unto
a mountain where Jesus had appointed. And when they saw him they
worshipped him, but some doubted. (Matt. 28:16, 17.)
CHRIST ASCENDED FROM MOUNT OLIVET.
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken
up, and a cloud received him out of their sight Then returned they
unto Jerusalem, from the mount called Olivet. (Acts 1:9, 12.)
CHRIST ASCENDED FROM BETHANY.
And he led them out as far as to Bethany; and he lifted up his hands
and blessed them. And it came to pass that while he blessed them, he
was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. (Luke 24:50, 51.)
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PAUL'S ATTENDANTS HEARD THE MIRACULOUS VOICE, AND STOOD
And the men which journeyed with him [Paul] stood speechless,
hearing a voice but seeing no man. [Acts 9:7.]
PAUL'S ATTENDANTS HEARD NOT THE VOICE, AND WERE
And they that were with me saw indeed the light and were afraid; but
they heard not the voice of him that spake to me. [Acts 22:9.]
And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice. [Acts 26:14.]
ABRAHAM DEPARTED TO GO INTO CANAAN.
And Abram took Sarah his wife, and Lot, his brother's son, . . . and they
went forth to go into the land of Canaan, and into the land of Canaan
they came. [Gen. 12:5.]
ABRAHAM WENT NOT KNOWING WHERE.
By faith Abraham when he was called to go out into a place which he
should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out not
knowing whither he went. [Heb. 11:8.]
ABRAHAM HAD TWO SONS.
Abraham had two sons; the one by a bond-woman, and the other by a
free woman. [Gal. 4:22.]
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ABRAHAM HAD BUT ONE SON.
By faith Abraham when he was tried, offered up Isaac, ... his only
begotten son. (Heb. 11:17.)
KETURAH WAS ABRAHAM'S WIFE.
Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. (Gen.
KETURAH WAS ABRAHAM'S CONCUBINE.
The sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine. (1 Chron. 1:32.)
ABRAHAM BEGAT A SON WHEN HE WAS A HUNDRED YEARS OLD, BY
THE INTERPOSITION OF PROVIDENCE.
Sarah conceived and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time
of which God had spoken to him. (Gen. 21:2.)
And being not weak in the faith, he considered not his own body, now
dead, when he was a hundred years old. (Rom. 4:19.)
Therefore sprang there even from one, and him as good as dead, so
many as the stars of the sky. (Heb. 11:12.)
ABRAHAM BEGAT SIX CHILDREN MORE AFTER HE WAS A HUNDRED
YEARS OLD, WITHOUT ANY INTERPOSITION OF PROVIDENCE.
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Then again Abraham took a wife and her name was Keturah; and she
bare him Zimram, and Jockshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak,
and Shuah. (Gen. 25:1, 2.)
JACOB BOUGHT A SEPULCHRE FROM HAMOR.
And the bones of Joseph . . . buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of
ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor, the father of
Shechem. (Josh. 24:32.)
ABRAHAM BOUGHT IT OF HAMOR.
In the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons
of Emor, the father of Sychem. (Acts 7:16.)
GOD PROMISED THE LAND OF CANAAN TO ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED
And the Lord said unto Abraham, after Lot was separated from him,
Lift up now thine eyes and look from the place where thou art,
northward and southward, and eastward and westward; for all the
land which thou seest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed forever
For I will give it unto thee Unto thee and to thy seed after thee.
(Gen. 13:14, 15, 17;&17:8.)
ABRAHAM AND HIS SEED NEVER RECEIVED THE PROMISED LAND.
And he gave him [Abraham] none inheritance in it, no, not so much as
to set his foot on. (Acts 7:5.)
By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a strange country,
dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same
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promise These all died in faith, not having received the promises.
(Heb. 11:9, 13.)
GOLIATH WAS SLAIN BY ELHANAN.
And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines,
where Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim a Bethlehemite, slew ["the
brother of," supplied by the translators] Goliath the Gittite, the staff of
whose spear was like a weaver's beam. [2 Sam. 21:19.)
THE BROTHER OF GOLIATH WAS SLAIN BY ELHANAN.
And there was war again with the Philistines, and Elhanan the son of
Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, whose spear's staff
was like a weaver's beam. [1 Chron. 20:5.)
AHAZIAH BEGAN TO REIGN IN THE TWELFTH YEAR OF JORAM.
In the twelfth year of Joram, the son of Ahab, king of Israel, did Ahaziah
the son of Jehoram king of Judah begin to reign. [2 Kings 8:25.)
AHAZIAH BEGAN TO REIGN IN THE ELEVENTH YEAR OF JORAM.
In the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab began Ahaziah to reign
over Judah. [2 Kings 9:29.)
MICHAL HAD NO CHILD.
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Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul, had no child unto the day of her
death. (2 Sam. 6:23.)
MICHAL HAD FIVE CHILDREN.
The five sons of Michal the daughter of Saul. (2 Sam. 21:8.)
DAVID WAS TEMPTED BY THE LORD TO NUMBER ISRAEL.
And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he
moved David against them to say, Go number Israel and Judah. (2 Sam.
DAVID WAS TEMPTED BY SATAN TO NUMBER THE PEOPLE.
And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number
Israel. (1 Chron. 21:1.)
THE NUMBER OF FIGHTING MEN OF ISRAEL WAS 800,000; AND OF
And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king;
and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew
the sword; and the men of Judah five hundred thousand men. (2 Sam.
THE NUMBER OF FIGHTING MEN OF ISRAEL WAS 1 , 100 , 000 ; AND OF
JUDAH 470 , 000 .
And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all
they of Israel were a thousand thousand and a hundred
thousand [1,100,000] men that drew sword; and Judah was four
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hundred three score and ten thousand [470,000] men that drew sword.
[1 Chron. 21:5.]
DAVID SINNED IN NUMBERING THE PEOPLE.
And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people.
And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done.
[2 Sam. 24:10.]
DAVID NEVER SINNED, EXCEPT IN THE MATTER OF URIAH.
David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not
aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, save
only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. [1 Kings 15:5.]
ONE OF THE PENALTIES OF DAVID'S SIN WAS SEVEN YEARS OF
So Gad came to David and told him, Shall seven years of famine come
unto thee in thy land? [2 Sam. 24:13.]
IT WAS NOT SEVEN YEARS, BUT THREE YEARS OF FAMINE.
So Gad came to David and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, choose
thee either three years of famine. [1 Chron. 21:11, 12.]
DAVID TOOK SEVEN HUNDRED HORSEMEN.
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And David took from him a thousand chariots and seven
hundred horsemen. (2 Sam. 8:4.)
DAVID TOOK SEVEN THOUSAND HORSEMEN.
And David took from him a thousand chariots and seven
thousand horsemen. (1 Chron. 18:4.)
DAVID BOUGHT A THRESHING FLOOR FOR FIFTY SHEKELS OF
So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of
silver. (2 Sam. 24:24.)
DAVID BOUGHT THE THRESHING FLOOR FOR SIX
HUNDRED SHEKELS OF GOLD.
So David gave to Oman for the place six hundred shekels of gold. (1
DAVID'S THRONE WAS TO ENDURE FOREVER.
Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His
seed shall endure forever and his throne as the sun before me. It shall
be established forever. (Ps. 89:35, 36, 37.)
DAVID'S THRONE WAS CAST DOWN.
Thou hast made his glory to cease and hast cast his throne down to the
ground. (Ps. 89:44.)
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CHRIST IS EQUAL WITH GOD.
I and my Father are one. (John 10:30.)
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with
God. (Phil. 2:5.)
CHRIST IS NOT EQUAL WITH GOD.
My father is greater than I. (John 14:28.)
Of that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven, but
my Father only. (Matt. 24:36.)
JESUS WAS ALL-POWERFUL
All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (Matt. 28:18.)
The Father loveth the Son and hath given all things into his hand. (John
JESUS WAS NOT ALL-POWERFUL.
And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands on a
few sick folk and healed them. (Mark 6:5.)
THE LAW WAS SUPERSEDED BY THE CHRISTIAN DISPENSATION.
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The law and the prophets were until John; since that time the kingdom
of God is preached. (Luke 16:16.)
Having abolished in the flesh the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances. (Eph. 2:15.)
But now we are delivered from the law. (Rom. 7:6.)
THE LAW WAS NOT SUPERSEDED BY THE CHRISTIAN
I am come not to destroy the law but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you,
till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass
from the law till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of
the least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the
least in the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 5:17, 18, 19.)
CHRIST'S MISSION WAS PEACE.
And suddenly there was with the angels a multitude of the heavenly
host praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on
earth peace. (Luke 2:13, 14.)
CHRIST'S MISSION WAS NOT PEACE.
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send
peace, but a sword. (Matt. 10:34.)
CHRIST RECEIVED NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN.
Ye sent unto John and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive
not testimony from man. (John 5:33, 34.)
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CHRIST DID RECEIVE TESTIMONY FROM MAN.
And ye shall also bear witness, because ye have been with me from the
beginning. (John 15:27.)
CHRIST'S WITNESS OF HIMSELF IS TRUE.
I am one that bear witness of myself. . . . Though I bear record of
myself, yet my record is true. (John 8:18, 14.)
CHRIST'S WITNESS OF HIMSELF IS NOT TRUE.
If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. (John 5:31.)
CHRIST LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends. (John 15:13.)
The good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10:11.)
CHRIST LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS ENEMIES.
When we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his
Son. (Rom. 5:10.)
IT WAS LAWFUL FOR THE JEWS TO PUT CHRIST TO DEATH.
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The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die.
IT WAS NOT LAWFUL FOR THE JEWS TO PUT HIM TO DEATH.
The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man
to death. (John 18:31.)
CHILDREN ARE PUNISHED FOR THE SINS OF THEIR PARENTS.
I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the
children. (Ex. 20:5.)
CHILDREN ARE NOT PUNISHED FOR THE SINS OF THEIR PARENTS.
The son shall not bear the iniquities of the father. (Ezek. 18:20.)
MAN IS JUSTIFIED BY FAITH ALONE.
By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified. (Rom. 3:20.)
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the
faith of Jesus Christ. (Gal. 2:16.)
The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith. (Gal. 3:11, 12.)
For if Abraham were justified by works he hath whereof to glory.
MAN IS NOT JUSTIFIED BY FAITH ALONE.
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Was not Abraham our father justified by works? ... Ye see then how
that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. (James 2:21, 24.)
The doers of the law shall be justified. (Rom. 2:13.)
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FALL FROM GRACE.
And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither
shall any pluck them out of my hand. (John 10:28.)
Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor
things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in
Christ our Lord. (Rom. 8:38, 39.)
IT IS POSSIBLE TO FALL FROM GRACE.
But when the righteous man turneth away from his righteousness,
and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations
that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he
hath done shall not be mentioned; in his trespass that he hath
trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
For it is possible for those who were once enlightened, and
have tasted of the heavenly gift, and are made partakers of the Holy
Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the
world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto
repentance. (Heb. 6:4, 5, 6.)
For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the
knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again
entangled therein and overcome, the latter end is worse than the
beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way
of righteousness, than after they had known it, to turn from the holy
commandment delivered unto them. (2 Pet. 2:20, 21.)
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NO MAN IS WITHOUT SIN.
For there is no man that sinneth not. (1 Kings 8:46.)
Who can say, I have made my heart clean; I am pure from
my sin? (Prov. 20:9.)
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth
not. (Eccl. 7:20.)
There is none righteous, no, not one. (Rom. 3:10.)
CHRISTIANS ARE SINLESS.
Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; ... he cannot sin,
because he is born of God Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not.
He that committeth sin is of the devil. (1 John 3:9, 6, 8.)
THERE IS TO BE A RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.
The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised. (1 Cor. 15:52.)
And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; . . . and they
were judged, every man according to their works. (Rev. 20:12, 13.)
Now that the dead are raised even Moses showed at the bush, when he
called the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob. (Luke 20:37.)
For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. (1 Cor. 15:16.)
THERE IS TO BE NO RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.
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As the cloud is consumed and vanisheth away, so he that goeth down
to the grave shall come up no more. (Job 7:9.)
The dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward.
They are dead, they shall not live; they are deceased they shall not rise.
REWARD AND PUNISHMENT TO BE BESTOWED IN THIS WORLD.
Behold the righteous shall be recompensed in the earth, much more
the wicked and the sinner. (Prov. 11:31.)
REWARD AND PUNISHMENT TO BE BESTOWED IN
THE NEXT WORLD.
And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in
the books, according to their works. (Rev. 20:12.)
Then he shall reward every man according to his works. (Matt. 16:27.)
According to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (2 Cor.
ANNIHILATION THE PORTION OF ALL MANKIND.
Why died I not from the womb? Why did I not give up the ghost when I
came out of the belly? . . . For now should I have lain still and been
quiet; I should have slept; then had I been at rest, with kings and
counsellors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves; or
with princes that had gold, who filled their houses with silver; or as
a hidden , untimely birth I had not been; as infants which never saw
light. THERE the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary
be at rest The small and great are there, and the servant is free
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from his master. Wherefore is light given to him that is in misery,
and life unto the bitter in soul, which long for death and it cometh not, .
. . which rejoice exceedingly when they have found thegrave? (Job
The dead know not anything For there is no work, nor device,
nor knowledge, nor wisdom in the grave whither thou goest. (Eccl. 9:5,
For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth the beasts, even one
thing befalleth them; as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they
have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast. .
. . All go unto one place. (Eccl. 3:19, 20.)
ENDLESS MISERY THE PORTION OF A PART OF MANKIND.
These shall go away unto everlasting punishment. (Matt. 25:46.)
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and
brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall
be tormented day and night for ever and ever And whosoever was
not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Rev.
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever. (Rev.
And many of them that sleep in the dust shall awake, some to
everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Dan.
THE EARTH IS TO BE DESTROYED.
The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (2
They shall perish, but thou remainest. (Heb. 1:11.)
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And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face
the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was no place found for
them. (Rev. 20:11.]
THE EARTH IS NEVER TO BE DESTROYED.
Who laid the foundations of the earth that it should not be removed
forever. (Ps. 104:5.]
But the earth abideth forever. (Eccl. 1:4.]
NO EVIL SHALL HAPPEN TO THE GODLY.
There shall no evil happen to the just. (Prov. 12:21.] Who is he that
will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? (1 Pet. 3:13.]
EVIL DOES HAPPEN TO THE GODLY.
Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom
he receiveth. (Heb. 12:6.]
And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job,
that there is none like him, a perfect and an upright man? ... So went
Satan forth . . . and smote Job with sore boilsfrom the sole of his foot
unto the crown of his head. (Job 2:3, 7.]
WORLDLY GOOD AND PROSPERITY ARE THE LOT OF THE GODLY.
There shall no evil happen to the just. (Prov. 12:21.]
For the Lord loveth judgment and forsaketh not his saints; they
are preserved forever The wicked watcheth for the righteous and
seeketh to slay him. The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor
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condemn him when he is judged Mark the perfect man, and behold
the upright; for the end of that man is peace. (Ps. 37:28, 32, 33, 37.)
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly. . .
. Whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (Ps. 1:1, 3.)
And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man. (Gen.
So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than the beginning. (Job.
WORLDLY MISERY AND DESTITUTION THE LOT OF THE GODLY.
They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted,
were slain with the sword; they wandered about in sheepskins and
goat-skins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; . . . they wandered
in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. (Heb.
These are they which came out of great tribulation. (Rev. 7:14.)
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
(2 Tim. 3:12.)
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake. (Luke 21:17.)
WORLDLY PROSPERITY A REWARD OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND A
There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father,
or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake and the gospel's,
but he shall receive a hundred fold now in this time, houses, and
brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands. (Mark
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I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous
forsaken nor his seed begging bread. (Ps. 37:25.)
Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord Wealth and riches shall be
in his house. (Ps. 112:1, 3.)
If thou return unto the Almighty, thou shalt be built up Then shalt
thou lay up gold as dust. (Job. 22:23, 24.)
In the house of the righteous is much treasure. (Prov. 15:6.)
WORLDLY PROSPERITY A CURSE AND A BAR TO FUTURE REWARD.
Blessed be ye poor. (Luke 6:20.)
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth For where your
treasure is there will your heart be also. (Matt. 6:19, 21.)
And it came to pass that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels
into Abraham's bosom. (Luke 16:22.)
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for
a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Matt. 19:24.)
Woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
THE CHRISTIAN YOKE IS EASY.
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give
you rest. Take my yoke upon you For my yoke is easy and my burden
is light. (Matt. 11:28, 29, 30.)
THE CHRISTIAN YOKE IS NOT EASY.
In the world ye shall have tribulation. (John 16:33.)
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Yea, and ALL that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
(2 Tim. 3:12.)
Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom
he receiveth For if ye be without chastisement then are
ye bastards and not sons. (Heb. 12:6, 8.)
THE FRUIT OF GOD'S SPIRIT IS LOVE AND GENTLENESS.
The fruit of the spirit is love, peace, joy, gentleness, and goodness. (Gal.
THE FRUIT OF GOD'S SPIRIT IS VENGEANCE AND FURY.
And the spirit of the Lord came upon him and he slew a thousand men.
And it came to pass on the morrow that the evil spirit from God came
upon Saul. . . and there was a javelin in Saul's hand. And Saul cast the
javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. (1 Sam.
LONGEVITY ENJOYED BY THE WICKED.
Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?
Their seed is established in their sight with them, and their offspring
before their eyes. (Job 21:7, 8.)
They [men of the world] are full of children and leave the rest of their
substance to their babes. (Ps. 17:14.)
Though a sinner do evil a hundred times and his days be prolonged, yet
surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God. (Eccl. 8:12.)
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But the sinner being a hundred years old shall be accursed. (Is. 65:20.)
LONGEVITY DENIED TO THE WICKED.
But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his
days. (Eccl. 8:13.)
Bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days. (Ps. 55:23.)
The years of the wicked shall be shortened. (Prov. 10:27.)
They [the hypocrites] die inyouth. (Job 36:14.)
Be not over much wicked, neither be foolish; why shouldst thou die
before thy time? (Eccl. 7:17.)
POVERTY IS A BLESSING.
Blessed be ye poor Woe unto you that are rich! (Luke 6:20, 24.)
Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of
the kingdom? (James 2:5.)
RICHES A BLESSING.
The rich man's wealth is his strong tower, but the destruction of the
poor is their poverty. (Prov. 10:15.)
If thou return unto the Almighty then thou shall be built up Thou
shaltthen lay up gold as dust. (Job 22:23, 24.)
And the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than the beginning, for
he had 14,000 sheep, and 6,000 camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen,
and a thousand she asses. (Job 42:12.)
NEITHER POVERTY NOR RICHES A BLESSING.
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Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for
me; lest I be full, and deny thee and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I
be poor and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. (Prov. 30:8, 9.)
WISDOM A SOURCE OF ENJOYMENT.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom Wisdom's ways are ways
of pleasantness and all her paths are peace. (Prov. 3:13, 17.)
WISDOM A SOURCE OF VEXATION, GRIEF, AND SORROW.
And I gave my heart to know wisdom I perceived that this also
was vexation of spirit. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he that
increaseth knowledge, increaseth sorrow. (Eccl. 1:17, 18.)
A GOOD NAME A BLESSING.
A good name is better than precious ointment. (Eccl. 7:1.)
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. (Prov. 22:1.)
A GOOD NAME IS A CURSE.
Woe unto you when all men shall speak well of you. (Luke 6:26.)
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To everything there is a season, and a time A time to weep, and a
time to laugh. (Eccl. 3:1, 4.)
Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the
sun than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry. (Eccl. 8:15.)
Woe unto you that laugh now. (Luke 6:25.)
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance
the heart is made better. The heart of the wise is in the house
of mourning; but the heart of the fool is in the house of mirth. (Eccl. 7:3,
THE ROD OF CORRECTION A REMEDY FOR FOOLISHNESS.
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction
will drive it far from him. (Prov. 22:15.)
THERE IS NO REMEDY FOR FOOLISHNESS.
Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar, . . . yet will not his
foolishness depart from him. (Prov. 27:22.)
A FOOL SHOULD BE ANSWERED ACCORDING TO HIS FOLLY.
Answer a fool according to his folly. (Prov. 26:5.)
A FOOL SHOULD NOT BE ANSWERED ACCORDING TO HIS FOLLY.
Answer not a fool according to his folly. (Prov. 26:4.)
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TEMPTATION TO BE DESIRED.
My brethren, I count it all joy when ye fall into temptation. (James 1:2.)
TEMPTATION NOT TO BE DESIRED.
Lead us not into temptation. (Matt. 6:13.)
PROPHECY IS SURE.
We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto we do well that
we take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place. (2 Pet. 1:19.)
PROPHECY IS NOT SURE.
At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a
kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; if that nation
against whom I have pronounced turn from their evil, I will repent of
the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall
speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to
plant it; if it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I
will repent of the good wherewith I said I would benefit them. (Jer.
MAN'S LIFE WAS TO BE ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY YEARS.
His days shall be a hundred and twenty years. (Gen. 6:3.)
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MAN'S LIFE IS BUT SEVENTY YEARS.
The days of our years are three score years and ten. (Ps. 90:10.)
THE FEAR OF MAN WAS TO BE UPON EVERY BEAST.
The/ear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the
earth. (Gen. 9:2.)
THE FEAR OF MAN IS NOT UPON THE LION.
A lion turneth not away for any. (Prov. 30:30.)
MIRACLES A PROOF OF DIVINE MISSION.
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent
two of his disciples, and said unto him, Art thou he that should come,
or do we look for another? Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and
show John again those things which ye do hear and see;
the blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed,
and the deaf hear, the dead are raised. (Matt. 11:2-5.)
Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can
do these miracles that thou doest except God be with him. (John 3:2.)
And Israel saw that great work which the Lord done upon the
Egyptians; and the people feared the Lord and believed the Lord
and his servant Moses. (Ex. 14:31.)
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MIRACLES NOT A PROOF OF DIVINE MISSION.
And Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants,
and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and
the sorcerers; now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like
manner with their enchantments, for they cast down every man his
rod, and they became serpents. (Ex. 7:10-12.)
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth
thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come to
pass wherein he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods
which thou hast not known, and let us serve them, thou shalt not
hearken unto the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams.
If I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out?
MOSES WAS A VERY MEEK MAN.
Now, the man Moses, was very meek, above all the men that were upon
the face of the earth. (Num. 12:3.)
MOSES WAS A VERY CRUEL MAN.
And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? . . .
Now, therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every
woman that hath known a man. (Num. 31:15, 17.)
ELIJAH WENT UP TO HEAVEN.
And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. (2 Kings 2:11.)
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NONE BUT CHRIST EVER ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN.
No man hath ascended up to heaven but he that came down from
heaven, even the Son of Man. (John 3:13.)
ALL SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED.
All scripture is given by inspiration of God. (2 Tim. 3:16.)
SOME SCRIPTURE IS NOT INSPIRED.
But I speak this by permission and not by commandment. (1 Cor. 7:6.)
But to the rest speak I, not the Lord. (1 Cor. 7:12.)
That which I speak, I speak it not after the Lord. (2 Cor. 11:17.)